How To Choose a Treatment for ADHD

Treatment for people with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorders or ADHD ranges from the standard to the unconventional methods.  The standard treatment of ADHD involves medications that excite neuro-chemicals to reach a more balanced state of mind.  Unconventional treatments include behavioral modification, diet restriction and supplementation methods, music therapy, etc.  But choosing which one to use will not be easy.  By examining some criteria, you can determine which treatment will suit you well.

  1. Effectiveness The most direct treatment for children and adults alike are medications.  They produce the best results in the shortest amount of time.  But the downside to this method is that it could produce adverse effects on the user in the future.  Medications, especially if used for long periods of time, can debilitate organs.  This is the reason why more parents will opt to use unconventional but natural methods over medications.  Behavioral modification, for example, is a very popular unconventional treatment but positive long-term effects on this technique are still yet to be established by science.  However, this does not mean that unconventional methods do not offer promising results.
  2. Budget. Expenses for treating ADHD using the standard medications can be very costly, but there are alternative treatments that are less pricey.  If you do not have the budget to hire a licensed therapist or buy medications, diet restrictions and supplements can be your alternative.  In contrast, if you have unlimited financial capacity then you might want to combine unconventional treatments with medication under the advisory of your doctor.
  3. Time. Money aside, time is the most complicated commodity that parents have to give for the treatment to be made possible.  Although medications require very little amount of time to be implemented, other treatments do.  Diet restrictions will ask you to spend more time cooking while behavior modification will require you to visit a therapist frequently for reinforcement and evaluation.  Although you will be spending more time during the early stage of these processes, lesser time will be needed from you when the treatment has become more established.
  4. Feasibility. Ask yourself if the method you plan to use is implementable.  If you want to use a therapy that is not available in your present location, it might not be the one for your patient.  Traveling great distances will defeat the benefits of a certain therapy that might not work.  Behavioral modification might produce desirable improvements to your patient but the stresses and expenses produced by long trips could easily outweigh the benefits. For cases wherein the patient needs immediate results, it would be unwise to use behavioral modifications over medications since the therapy could take weeks to take effect, not to mention the fact that it might not even work for the patient.

There are several options to choose from when selecting the right kind of treatment for ADHD.  But these treatments are subject to many scrutiny, may it be adverse drug effects, unproven benefits, or the absence of longstanding positive effects.  In the end, it will be up to the parents and relatives to choose which of the options can be used based on their capacities.


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